State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
One of the most important duties I have serving as your Governor is to provide you directly with updates related to the operation of our state government. I also frequently provide updates on Facebook (Governor Scott Walker) and Twitter (@govwalker). Please feel free to share this update with your family, friends, and others who may be interested in state government operations.
Economic Growth to Continue
Wisconsin’s economy is continuing to turn around. You don’t have to take my word for it—this week the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank released a new economic growth forecast for states. Their report forecasts Wisconsin to grow 1.95 percent over the next six months. It is the best economic forecast for our state since 2003. Wisconsin also experienced the most improved forecast in the nation.
Also for the second month in a row Wisconsin’s economy added jobs, according to figures released by the National Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Initial estimates show that we gained more than 4,000 private sector jobs in February. We’ve added 17,800 private sector joTrtsabs in the first two months of 2012.
Bipartisan Bills Signed into Law
Track Your State Agencies on Twitter
As your Governor, I am working hard to build a lean and transparent state government that works efficiently for the people of Wisconsin. Some of the tools our state agencies are using to reach out and become even more accessible are social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. Take a look at some of the useful information being tweeted out by Wisconsin state agencies below and consider following them for even more updates.
Department of Health Services: @DHSWI
Recent Tweet: For the children in your life, the Poison Control Hotline is one of the most important numbers to keep handy: 1-800-222-1222.
Department of Veterans Affairs: @WisVets
Recent Tweet: Did you hear about Operation Greatest Generation, a day-long event for our WWII vets on May 4? Mark your calendar!
Just Ask the Governor: Part 10
Each e-update, I will answer a question submitted by a recipient of the previous e-update or from someone who contacts my office directly.
Question: With recent corporate tax increases in Illinois, what is Wisconsin doing to lure businesses to our state–especially in the stateline areas?
Answer: My administration has been very aggressive in recruiting businesses specifically from Illinois, in addition to reaching out to employers from other states and countries.
Specifically, we have worked tirelessly to enact pro-growth initiatives to improve Wisconsin’s overall business climate by reforming our tax, regulatory and litigation processes. We are phasing in a new qualified production activities credit that will virtually eliminate the income and franchise taxes on manufacturing and agricultural businesses in Wisconsin. Most importantly, we provided certainty for employers and taxpayers through fiscal reforms that solved a $3.6 billion state budget deficit without relying on one-time solutions, tricks, and gimmicks.
We have already seen some tangible results Wisconsin’s new open for business attitude. Below are just a few examples:
· Catalyst Exhibits, Inc. moved its operations from Illinois Pleasant Prairie
· Fatwallet.com moved its headquarters to Beloit
· Uline Shipping Supply Specialists moved from Minnesota to Hudson
· Precision Ice Blast moved their facilities from Michigan to Peshtigo
It is also worth noting that while our neighbors to the south present a stark contrast to what we have been doing in Wisconsin, business owners around the world have taken note of the changes we’ve made to turn our state’s economy around. Just recently a manufacturing company moved back to Antigo from China. You can read a very interesting article about the company’s decision to move back to Wisconsin by clicking here.
While I will continue to aggressively pursue companies from all over the world to come to Wisconsin, it is important to remember that the majority of job growth over the next few years will likely take place by employers already doing business in Wisconsin. Specifically, we can continue to have an impact on employers who are considering expanding in Wisconsin. Recent indicators have shown that employers believe our state and its economy are now headed in the right direction. I am hopeful that with that trend, coupled with an effective worker training plan, we can encourage Wisconsin employers to expand here.
It has been a pleasure communicating with you. It is an honor to serve as your Governor and represent the residents of Wisconsin.
Governor Scott Walker